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Review averages

  • 69 employees say

    Excellent (27)
    39.130434782609%
    Good (13)
    18.840579710145%
    Satisfactory (13)
    18.840579710145%
    Subpar (16)
    23.188405797101%
    3.22
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Reviews for Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals

Reviews - What employees say

3.22 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • If I could change one thing, it would be to get consistent leadership. People have not stayed in place long enough to develop the plant to its true capacity.

What I like about the company

There are unique services, like special parking for new moms, and a community room for nursing moms. There is also a nurse on staff, free preventative care through a health fair once per year, and free onsite flu shots.

Personally, I have had great experiences with first line managers who have allowed me to work independently, and have supported me through family emergencies like when my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I was able to arrange a flexible work schedule to be there for her treatments.

Also, I feel really good about making medicines that have saved the lives of sick babies, presidents, and people with severe asthma. My company posts the experiences of fellow employees with our medications, as well as asks for our opinion and engages us on our opinions- truly taking things like culture surveys seriously. I would highly recommend working for AstraZeneca. I have no desire to leave or change jobs. The process engineers I work for are great, and I really enjoy the interaction I have with other departments.

What I dislike about the company

My site has grown rapidly in the past five years, and with that- there has been the turmoil of moving from a small standalone drug manufacturer to part of a global network. We have had 4 plant heads in 7 years. This has caused a lot of upheaval - a lot of senior management has come and gone, and the stability of department structure has not been a luxury we are afforded. The plant manufacture schedule changes a bit excessively- but with that- we have developed into a team of folks who can manage the flexibility of a pilot plant at commercial manufacture scale- and very unique position in the biopharm space.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered
  • Company
    Astrazeneca PLC
  • City
    Frederick
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Treadmill desks. HR is sometimes an obstacle rather than an enabling function. The sites are all still silo'ed. Medimmune is closed off and not collaborative. We could do better.

What I like about the company

Working on meaningful new medicines. Peaceful campus in protected wetlands. Convenient location. Opportunities for scientific growth and travel.

What I dislike about the company

Improve IT and network infrastructure - it is slow and frustrating. Install treadmills for employees to exercise / walk on during TCs

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • City
    Waltham
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered

Attitude towards older colleagues

I saw older colleagues treated like rookies by management. That didn’t settle well with me.

Career Development

Aside from completing hollow and fruitless annual developmental action plans, this was nonexistent.

Overall compensation for your work

Good

Environmental Friendliness

Friendly in a super fake way

Company Image

The image is better than reality.

Job Security

My manager dangled his authority in a manner that was a constant threat.

Handicapped Accessibility

This is not applicable.

Workplace Safety

This is not applicable.

Challenging Work

It was challenging in the way of giving the marketing reps a generous amount of new information to learn, without giving them time out of the field to actually learn it.

Suggestions for improvement

  • The management desperately needs to read “The No _sshole Rule.” It stems from a Harvard paper that focuses on building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn't. It looks at bullying in the workplace and how that type personality serves to worsen morale and productivity. I have been in pharmaceutical sales for more than 15 years. There are quite a few in this industry that need to make a study this book and react to the wisdom in its pages.

What I like about the company

I like marketing in general.

What I dislike about the company

That management is permitted to behave like unattended children that are bullies to their employees making unfounded claims that are detrimental to careers and lives is staggering.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Ability to work remotely is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    AstraZeneca
  • City
    field sales
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Marketing/product management

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered Vehicle allowance is offered

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Review averages

  • 69 employees say

    Excellent (27)
    39.130434782609%
    Good (13)
    18.840579710145%
    Satisfactory (13)
    18.840579710145%
    Subpar (16)
    23.188405797101%
    3.22
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals
3.22
69 reviews

Industry average (Pharmaceuticals/Biotech)
3.08
47,829 reviews

kununu average
3.33
2,964,000 reviews